New Performing Arts Centre Planned
Stamford Endowed Schools have applied for planning permission to convert the Stamford School gym into a new Performing Arts Centre. This is the latest in a series of developments across the Schools – which has also included a new sports centre and a purpose-built nursery – and will see provision for the performing arts at the Schools greatly enhanced.
The old gymnasium – superseded by the new Sports Centre and Swimming Pool – will be converted into the Performing Arts Centre, placing the Arts at the heart of the Stamford School site. The Performing Arts Centre will include an auditorium with 240 retractable seats, dressing rooms, a workshop, a foyer and hospitality area. It will provide spaces for the teaching of drama, music and music technology, all of which are offered as GCSEs and A-Levels, and are part of the extra-curricular life of the Schools.
Performing arts at the Schools have gone from strength to strength in recent years. Each week, more than 600 students from Stamford Junior School, Stamford High School and Stamford School take vocal and instrumental lessons and more than 300 students gained passes or better in Associated Board, Trinity or Rock School exams. There is an extensive series of concerts showcasing the talents of bands, choirs and orchestras. Plays and productions punctuate each term and the recent sell-out performances of Les Misérables demonstrated to enthralled viewers the great depth of talent found across the Schools.
Mr Stephen Roberts, Principal of the Stamford Endowed Schools, said “The new Performing Arts Centre will give our musicians and those keen on drama the first-class facilities needed to nurture their considerable talents. It will support our extensive curricular and extra-curricular provision and further enhance the Schools’ ability to let our students’ potential flourish.”